Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Buying Good Behavior with Bread Dough

At four years old, Bronwyn has proved to a strong will… oh my strong.  One way I can get her to help out around dinner time is to have her help me in the kitchen.  We were planning to have my folks for dinner the following night to install bathroom cabinets (YAY!) and dinner was on the plan too.  I found a recipe for bread in a bag, for kids to help; I thought we’d give it a try.
I told her as soon as we got home that if she listened and helped where I asked, she got to make the bread, she was so excited.  You see, this girl is food motivated in a way that Nicholas is not.  Nicholas is like Rusty… oh FOOD!!  And he’s there.  Bronwyn?  Eh… take it or leave it.  But if she gets to HELP make it?  She’s there.
She raced around setting the table; then she got to squish all the ingredients in the bag and help knead the dough.  It actually was quite easy to get it all mixed up and in the pan.  She even got to put it IN the oven herself.  It was past her bed time when it came out, but the next night she proudly got to tell everyone that she made the bread.   So fun and well worth the flour all over.

Bread in a Bag
3 C all purpose flour, divided
3 Tbsp white sugar
1 (.25) package rapid rise yeast (2¼ tsp)
1 C warm water
3 Tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
1½ tsp salt

1. In a Ziploc plastic gallon bag place 1 C flour, sugar and yeast and add in warm water.
2. Squeeze air out of the bag and seal.
3. Squish with your hands until well mixed together.
4. Let it rest for 10 minutes at room temperature. Bubbles will form.
5. Open bag and put in 1 C of flour, oil and salt.
6. Seal bag again and squish until well blended.
7. Add last cup of flour and continue mixing in the same manner until well blended.
8. Remove dough from bag and put onto a lightly floured surface.
9. Knead for 5-10 minutes or until smooth.
10. Divide dough in half and place each half into a greased mini loaf pan. Or make one large loaf.
11. Cover with a towel and allow to rise for about 30 minutes.
12. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until bread is golden brown.

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